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Dauntsey’s Pupils Tackle Trek to the Stones

Published Thursday 20th of June 2019 03:10:18 PM

A group of 27 adventurous Fourth Form pupils from Dauntsey’s spent the end of half term taking part in the School’s annual Trek to the Stones expedition. After a practice expedition during the Easter Break, their objective was to walk from School to Avebury with an overnight camp at All Cannings. Following their own planned route, all three groups chose to walk more than 50km this year. Unaccompanied, independent and carrying everything they needed in their rucksacks, the pupils were responsible for their own navigation, camping and cooking and had to look after both themselves and the other members of their group. A long first day with warm conditions saw the groups climb to Salisbury Plain and follow its edge above the Pewsey Vale, or weave their way through the villages, to the campsite where a family of Alpacas greeted them. Sunday dawned dry and warm and all three groups groups set off North to the Kennet and Avon Canal and followed it for a while. Crossing the Canal, they climbed over the Downs through quintessentially Wiltshire countryside. After lunch the thunderclouds released a deluge, soaking the participants. This, combined with the soreness from the day before, made for a tough challenge, and all the students had to dig deep in the final few kilometres. Their routes took them into Avebury where they posed for photos with the famous stones and then walked the final mile to Silbury Hill where parents and staff cheered them in. Sam Moore, Dauntsey’s Head of Adventure Education, said: “Everyone did a brilliant job in the planning and execution of the trip, even when the going got tough. Despite the tiredness and soreness, the sense of achievement was palpable. How many people when asked “What did you do this weekend?” can say “I walked 50km!”. “We develop expeditions like this to encourage pupils to be open to new experiences and entering new environments. There were some great examples of leadership in each team as well as knowing when to follow leadership. Most importantly, everyone had a great time and I’m sure will remember this experience for some time to come.” ENDS
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